NIMS Junior

NIMS offers the NIMS Graduate Research Assistantship to doctoral/master’s students who aspire to a career as researchers in materials science. The assistantship carries a monthly stipend to assist academically deserving students in fulfilling their academic goals. Those students appointed as NIMS Junior Researcher will enable to gain insight into their research career by “hands on” experience of working on latest research projects, without financial hardship.


Duties Duties prescribed by the hosting professor/researcher are attributed to the NIMS employment regulations. The duties and responsibilities are related to the student’s research activities.

Admission to one of the following 3 graduate programs at University of Tsukuba is a prerequisite for the assistantship. NIMS Junior Researchers are required to have sufficient research ability to be involved in the research.

* the employment occurs when the students are enrolled in the graduate programs without leave of absence or withdrawal.

* NIMS Junior Researchers are not permitted to receive a concurrent scholarship, such as JSPS or governmental scholarship, and any part-time jobs.

Please see FAQ on the NIMS Student Program website for the details.

Contract The contract is for one year, and is renewable every year up to three years for doctoral student and two years for master’s student. It will be terminated if the student failes to engage in activities as NIMS Junior Researcher, or leaves the program.
Probation Period 3 months
Monthly Stipend

It will be determined by the assessment of the candidate and the actual working days.

  • Doctoral student : approx. 200,000 JPY for 14 days work per month
  • Master’s student : approx. 160,000 JPY for 11 days work per month
Insurance Coverage NIMS Junior Researchers will be covered by the Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance.
Name of Recruiter National Institute for Materials Science

How to Apply

Send the following documents by email to NIMS Graduate Program Group ( ), with a subject line of [Tsukuba-NIMS GRA] Application.

  • Application form in word format
    - Please refer the sample (pdf format).
    - Please include the contact details of at least two references. We may directly contact the references regarding the application.
    - If you write more than one name as prospective supervisor, please list up the professor names in order of preference.
    - The 15th item (travel grant) on the application form does not apply to NIMS Junior applicants for the University of Tsukuba (Materials Innovation)- NIMS Joint Graduate School Program. Please submit them without description.
  • Curriculum Vitae (No specific format required. You may use this format if necessary.)
  • Academic transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate
  • Scanned copy of the valid TOEFL iBT / TOEIC L&R / IELTS academic score certificate
    - The result score from the exam taken within 2 years is valid.
    - TOEFL ITP (Institutional Test Program), TOEIC IP (Institutional Program) and IELTS (General Training Module) are not acceptable.


Subprogram in Materials Science and Engineering (Doctoral students)
Materials Science and Engineering Class (Master's students)
Materials Innovation (Master's and Doctoral students)


3 April -
30 May, 2024
Application period of the NIMS Graduate Research Assistantship
Mid-April Announcement of the university application guidelines
Late June Document screening result announcement of the NIMS Graduate Research Assistantship
9-22 July University application period
22-23 August University entrance exam at University of Tsukuba
12 September Final result announcement of the NIMS Graduate Research Assistantship (to some Doctoral students)
Mid-Late February 2025 Final result announcement of the NIMS Graduate Research Assistantship
April 2025 University enrollment and Start of the employment